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Art Class Review
Michael Demeng


Playing with Rust and Dremels"


Michael DeMeng - Altered Art and Rusty Relics


~ Altering Objects ..turning the mundane into the sacred ..playing with powertools ..all the above can be said to be Michael DeMengs mottos

~ I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Michael DeMeng in Cortona , Italy and here I would like to share a little about my adventure


~ I have heard a lot about Michaels work, purchased his book " The secret of Rusty little Things"

~ still I could not quite imagine how that all would fit in with my style of working ... it seemed so far removed from what I like but I do love a challenge and it felt right when I read the descriptions of the art retreat in Italy ...so off I went ...

~ it takes a leap of faith to travel a long distance hoping to experience a little bit of magic... I was not to be dissappointed at this art retreat ...

 

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Art Class Review Michael Demeng


Michael DeMeng


~ he calls himself an Assemblage Artist
~ his motto- making the unsacred into something seemingly sacred

His Artist Statement:

..." My work is about transformations. It is about the transformation of the common into the sacred. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in my work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing " ...
michaeldemeng.com

So my Curiosity was peeked.. and here is the man himself ....

Michael Demeng Workshop




The Workshop
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~ entitled
"The Alchemists Book"
Rust , Reliquaries and Illuminated Manuscripts
~ transforming hardback books into Found Object Shrines~

 

A Few Impressions
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~ to be invited to look at everyday objects, often discarded and declared "useless" , and then chaperoned by DeMeng to turned these relics into a work of art was a challenging proposition

~ we turned up at "The Junkstore of all Junkstores" where rummaging knee deep in rusty bits, and broken bits, discarded bits and fidddly bits was invited... at the end you just showed your bag to the man at the checkout and he "guestimated the total " ...what a fun experience ..

~ they also had a "civilised" junkstore section , the picture of which you can see below
there the items were sorted by category .. and browsing through vintage italian laces was quickly becoming a favourite of all the ladies. They also had a lovely selection of books and antique maps upstairs , as well as retro furniture, vintage quilts and clothing. All in all a treasure trove full of eyecandy.


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Laden with large refuse sacks full of "Art Materials ala DeMeng .. we departed, exhausted but full of anticipation as to how these things could possible be turned into "Sacred Art"


Art Class Review Michael Demeng

Altered Art Junk Shopping in Italy
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this was the orderly part, I was getting overly excited and stuck in rust in the rummage part I forgot to take a photo

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~ Michael started the workshop in a " here is your large italian dome of a book. there is your pile of potential ( translated JUNK) ... get on with it , style

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he showed us his completed prototype , explained some of the assemblage pieces , demoed his one of a kind "HUUGE" Paint Combos and send us on our merry way ...

~ however , he walked alongside the "merry way" of each and every student in the class, always making himself available for questions, showing an interest in the process of each student, explaining techniques again and again if it did not seem clear to an individual person ..going out of his way to accomodate different learning styles ... I was impressed observing him

~ Having taught workshops myself for over 10 years it was a pleasure to see a "professional" at work ... Michael DeMeng has the Art of Teaching down to a "T"



Art Class Review Michael Demeng

Milliande playing at a Michael Demeng Art Class with a Dremel

Milliande - No longer a Dremel Virgin


~ All kinds of powertools were made available to use on the day, I appreciated the fact that I could observe someone using these tools( I had a dremel for years and never got it out of its box) and then was encouraged to give it a go ...

~Michael patiently demoed all the different drill bits for wood, metal, plastics ...and was always available to hunt for solutions if a student had a particular difficult piece to cut or alter.

~ he had me swinging that dremel ~ sparks flew ...yikes talk about being addicted

Milliande playing at a Michael Demeng Art Class
Messy Workstation Alert

 

~ So what did we all create .... here are a few impressions of the altered art or altered books that people created in this workshop


 

Alchemist Altered Book Impressions

Art Class Review Michael Demeng

Art Workshop on Altered Books with Michael Demeng Italy Cortona 2008


I had the pleasure of meeting this
Very Talented Bunch of Artists ... ..



Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

There were ancient columns ....

Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

  ...and wonderous Rays



Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style


..there were feathers and lightbulbs  

Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

  ...and hands holding hands
Art Class Review Michael Demeng

Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

..there were italian shoes ...  


Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

  ... astronomical hearts...

Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

Altered Art and Altered Books with Michael Demeng
..and mosaic hearts...  


Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

  .. there were miniature washrooms...



Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

Altered Art and Altered Books with Michael Demeng , Art Classes in Italy

 

and rusty steamboat wheels...  





  there were italian family tales...
Art Class Review Michael Demeng

Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style
Altered Art and Altered Books with Michael Demeng,Art workshop in Italy , Tuscany
and hidden mama cries could be heard...  


Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style

...there were penguins marching...  


Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style
Altered Art and Altered Books with Michael Demeng , Art Course in Italy , Tuscany

  and veils revealing ...

Altered Art Extraordinaire - Altered Books ala Michael Demeng Style


The Altered Books Gallery - a Feast of Alchemical Transformation

 

Milliande Guessing Games

 
Verdict - Altered Art and Altered Books with Michael Demeng
Art Course in Italy , Tuscany

Art Class Review Michael Demeng

Michael Demeng Workshops are for you if ...
~ you want to play with a professional

~ you appreciate old-fashioned curtesy and skillful teaching

~ you like to be challenged to work out solutions for your creative projects

~ you enjoy playing with the discarded elements of our everyday lives and transform them into something beautiful to behold

~ you enjoy laughter, a lighthearted approach and the impossibility of "Making mistakes"

~ you appreciate the company of an Artist "Extraordinaire" that has still the ability to connect to each and every student with warmth, respect and always a smile on his face

I thorougly enjoyed my week with Michael DeMeng in Cortona, Italy, and would jump at the chance to do it all over again ... thank you ....

 


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